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Lex Fridman Podcast

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May 15, 2024 • 4h 12min

#429 – Paul Rosolie: Jungle, Apex Predators, Aliens, Uncontacted Tribes, and God

Naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie discusses encounters with deadly creatures in the Amazon jungle, including black caiman crocodiles and anacondas. He explores the impact of lifestyle on human physiology and the hunting tactics of apex predators like anacondas. The conversation also delves into the mysteries of the jungle, the dance of life between ants and plants, and the intelligence and emotions of wild elephants.
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Apr 22, 2024 • 2h 45min

#428 – Sean Carroll: General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes & Aliens

Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll discusses topics ranging from general relativity and quantum mechanics to black holes and aliens. He explores the challenges of detecting Hawking radiation, the holographic principle in black holes, and the mysteries of quantum mechanics. Sean also delves into artificial general intelligence, panpsychism, and ethical considerations in science, providing insights into the beauty and tragedy of general relativity along the way.
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Apr 20, 2024 • 2h 35min

#427 – Neil Adams: Judo, Olympics, Winning, Losing, and the Champion Mindset

Neil Adams, Judo world champion and 2-time Olympic silver medalist, discusses the champion mindset, transitions of champions, geniuses' wisdom, the impact of nutrition in elite judo, and the art of winning and losing in judo competitions. He reflects on a close loss at the 1984 Olympics and the emotional journey of athletes post-competition, offering insightful commentary on judo matches and highlighting the legendary career of Teddy Renee, the judo legend.
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Apr 17, 2024 • 3h 1min

#426 – Edward Gibson: Human Language, Psycholinguistics, Syntax, Grammar & LLMs

Edward Gibson, a Psycholinguistics professor at MIT, discusses human language structure, syntax, grammar, and large language models. Topics include language evolution, syntax frameworks, cognitive cost in language processing, legal language complexities, communication strategies in noisy environments, and the influence of language on society and counting. The conversation also delves into cultural language differences, the evolution of language structure, and the potential for common languages beyond human interactions.
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Apr 13, 2024 • 2h 60min

#425 – Andrew Callaghan: Channel 5, Gonzo, QAnon, O-Block, Politics & Alex Jones

Andrew Callaghan, host of Channel 5 on YouTube, discusses intriguing topics like street interviews with society's edges, QAnon followers, O-Block residents, and engaging with Alex Jones. The podcast also covers societal factors behind Capitol riots, existential reflections, the therapeutic role of journalism, and navigating fame and creative projects.
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Apr 5, 2024 • 2h 49min

#424 – Bassem Youssef: Israel-Palestine, Gaza, Hamas, Middle East, Satire & Fame

Bassem Youssef, known as the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, discusses navigating the Israel-Palestine conflict, media pressures, satire in the Middle East, and societal change through comedy. He explores the complexities of identity, historical struggles, and the transformative power of humor in challenging times.
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Apr 2, 2024 • 1h 57min

#423 – Tulsi Gabbard: War, Politics, and the Military Industrial Complex

Tulsi Gabbard discusses the emotional toll of war, disparities in defense contracting earnings, and the influence of the military industrial complex. She explores the complexity of war justification, seeking peace in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and nuances of nuclear war. The conversation also touches on the power dynamics of the US presidency and challenges within the Democratic Party.
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Mar 29, 2024 • 2h 24min

#422 – Mark Cuban: Shark Tank, DEI & Wokeism Debate, Elon Musk, Politics & Drugs

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and Shark Tank star, discusses DEI, wokeism, Elon Musk, and American Dream of entrepreneurship. Talks about transitioning from audio to video content, navigating market bubbles, transforming Dallas Mavericks, challenges in diversity programs, Google search trust issues, healthcare transparency, and future of open source AI.
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Mar 25, 2024 • 1h 36min

#421 – Dana White: UFC, Fighting, Khabib, Conor, Tyson, Ali, Rogan, Elon & Zuck

Dana White discusses Mike Tyson's early days of fighting, the impact of Muhammad Ali, evolution of martial arts in UFC, building a business from scratch, underdog stories like Conor McGregor, fighter dynamics in UFC, and reflections on wrestling and embracing life.
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Mar 22, 2024 • 3h 13min

#420 – Annie Jacobsen: Nuclear War, CIA, KGB, Aliens, Area 51, Roswell & Secrecy

Annie Jacobsen discusses chilling realities of nuclear war, government secrecy, and cybersecurity. Explore declassified nuclear war scenarios, CIA's role in aerial reconnaissance, Area 51 mysteries, and ethical dilemmas of nuclear warfare. Dive into surveillance advancements, Russian assassination campaigns, and potential end of human civilization.

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